GonzoFest 2015 News!!
Congratulations sculptor Matthew Weir!!!!
Renowned Louisville sculptor Matthew Weir has been chosen as the statue artist for the life size bronze statue of Hunter S. Thompson. Matthew will be on hand at GonzoFest Louisville 2015 to showcase his initial design and talk about the project.
We’ll also be unveiling the plans for our Hunter S. Thompson Statue Fundraising Campaign. This campaign is directed towards our efforts to erect a life sized statue of Hunter here in the city of Louisville.
Matthew Weir has received professional development funding through the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, supported by state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
“I was born in Louisville, Kentucky in February of 1980. Throughout the majority of my childhood and young adult years I could be found exploring the woods of my neighborhood and the forests and parks of Kentucky. This experience educated me not only in terms of dealing with environments but especially in understanding the systems and materials of the earth. Now, as a naturalist in thought and a sculptor at work, the systems and materials of natural selection’s evolving world are my portfolio and tools.”
Weir received his BFA from the Hite Art Institute at the University of Louisville in 2004. Weir’s classical training, however, evolved through concurrent apprenticeships with a distinguished line of artists and studios including, Paul Fields, Craig Kaviar, Raymond Graf and The Bright Foundry with whom Weir has been a sculptor and employee for over a decade. Weir states he not only prides himself on this diversity and those learned capabilities, but furthermore, sees within them the reciprocal responsibility he has to his work, his audience and his intellect because of them. Weir’s perspective is that of a trained artist and a student of natural history, within this view Matt strives to usher individual inquiry and perspective through the synthesis and presentation of his work, materials, and concepts.